Epping Forest DC Local Plan update

On Thursday 22 March The Harlow Alliance Party’s Leader and Deputy Leader attended the Hearing being held at Epping Forest DC (EFDC) Civic Offices by the Government appointed Inspector. The day was spent discussing the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town. There were a number of key points which were noted:

  • The proposed number of homes to be built at Latton Priory has been increased from 1050 to 1500. Work is likely to be started before the end of 2020.
  • A new road from Latton Priory is likely to be built from the development, leading south towards Thornwood Common where it will join the road which leads to Epping. The roads leading into Harlow will be considered to be secondary roads, which suggests that very little work will be done to increase capacity.
  • Plans for homes west of Sumners are well advanced and work is expected to begin soon after those in Latton Priory are commenced.
  • The plan for a sustainable transport corridor includes a busway in the EFDC Plan but in Harlow’s Plan it is described as a tramway. Where new routes are built they will need to be some 21 feet wide, to allow buses to pass each other.
  • Traffic calming measures will be put in place along Southern Way to deter residents from using this road, in the hope that they will travel along the transport corridors.
  • The Gilston Project Team hope that the cost to park a car in Harlow’s Town Centre will be increased, to deter residents from using their car to get there.
  • EFDC confirmed that they did not carry out any consultation with Harlow residents about these plans.

Jocelyns public meeting – update

The Party’s fourth public meeting took place today close to the open area between Jocelyns and Broadway Avenue, which Harlow Council has included as a housing development site in it’s Local Plan.

Twenty five residents braved the wind to hear from our Party Leader what is happening in respect of the Local Plan and this area in particular. The government appointed Inspector begins the Hearing on 28 March and will be dealing with the plans for individual sites on the 3 April.

HAP will continue it’s objections to 8 of the sites proposed around the town which Harlow Council wants to see houses built on. In the meantime legislation dating from 2011 is to be used to try and get some protection for this land which may stop homes from being built on it.


Watch this space for more details in the coming weeks.

Deer Park and Pollards Hatch public meeting held on 9 March.

Despite the blustery conditions, nearly 70 residents turned up at todays meeting to hear the latest information about Harlow Council’s Local Plan and the effect this will have on the land behind Deer Park and in and around Pollard Hatch shops.

The Harlow Alliance Party have been invited to appear at the Hearings which are taking place before a government appointed inspector on 28 March and 3 April where we will be speaking in support of our written objections to the Plan, in particular the inclusion of 8 sites around the town identified as places where house building will take place. Information was also provided about Epping Forest’s Local Plan which will see thousands of homes built on Harlow’s borders.

A positive way forward using a law called “The Community Right to Bid, Assets of Community Value” (ACV) which came into effect in 2011 was proposed by party leader Nicholas Taylor and this was supported by most of those attending the meeting.

This law would, in the event that the Council wishes to sell the land, pause the sale process for up to 6 months during which time the community could raise the finance to purchase it for community ownership forever. It does not give a first right of refusal and the council could sell to whoever it chooses to, but HAP feels that in view of the local objections to the house building proposals the Council would be placed under extreme pressure not to save these open play areas for generations to come.

HAP undertook to keep residents informed of progress in this matter.

Jocelyns public meeting

On 13 September last year Harlow Council agreed it’s Local Plan, which sets out where new homes in the town will be built during the next 13 years or so.

21 sites were identified of which 8 were ones that the Harlow Alliance Party felt should remain open recreational and play spaces. All of these were designed at the time the town was conceived to provide space in between estates so that children have a safe place to play close to their homes.

Despite the petition given to Harlow Council organised by The Harlow Alliance Party, signed by over 380 residents across the town, all 21 sites identified including Deer Park and Pollard Hatch were included in the plan.

A public meeting is to be held by The Harlow Alliance Party to explain what this means for the future of the site and what action could be taken to try and stop building from taking place.

The meeting will be held in the entrance to the field from Jocelyns on Saturday 16th March at 10.30am.

It is vital that residents continue to show their opposition to these plans and we hope that you will be able to attend the meeting despite the time of year and possible bad weather. We do not anticipate a long meeting.

Deer Park and Pollard Hatch public meeting

On 13 September last year Harlow Council agreed it’s Local Plan, which sets out where new homes in the town will be built during the next 13 years or so.

21 sites were identified of which 8 were ones that the Harlow Alliance Party felt should remain open recreational and play spaces. All of these were designed at the time the town was conceived to provide space in between estates so that children have a safe place to play close to their homes.

Despite the petition given to Harlow Council organised by The Harlow Alliance Party, signed by over 380 residents across the town, all 21 sites identified including Deer Park and Pollard Hatch were included in the plan.

A public meeting is to be held by The Harlow Alliance Party to explain what this means for the future of the site and what action could be taken to try and stop building from taking place.

The meeting will be held to the rear of Pollard Hatch shops on Saturday 9th March at 10.30am.

It is vital that residents continue to show their opposition to these plans and we hope that you will be able to attend the meeting despite the time of year and possible bad weather. We do not anticipate a long meeting.

HAP Public Meeting – February 9th

Gallery

The second HAP public meeting was held at the Paringdon Club on Southern Way. It was well attended by over 140 people and generated much discussion. Party leader Nicholas Taylor illustrated to the audience the lack of public consultation by highlighting the housing plans being put in place by Harlow and Epping Forest Councils. To many people this was the first time they had been aware of new housing literally across the road from them!

For those who were unable to attend we have displayed below the images that were used during the meeting.

Residents wanting to sign the online petition that is referred to can do so here.  Or if you want to voice your thoughts then you can contact us here

Coming to a field near you!

Plans by Harlow District Council and Epping Forest District Council to allow the building of thousands of new homes on the south and south western boundaries of Harlow and within the town have been passed to Inspectors appointed by the Government. They are due to commence public hearings later this month and a final decision on these plans will be made later in the year.

EFDC Local Plan - Water Lane north
EFDC plans for Water Lane (north)
EFDC Local Plan - Water Lane south

EFDC plans for Water Lane (south)
EFDC Local Plan - Latton Priory

EFDC plans for Latton Priory

THE HARLOW ALLIANCE PARTY ARE THE ONLY PARTY WHO HAVE OBJECTED TO THESE PLANS.

In view of the failure by these two Councils to inform residents in Harlow of these plans, The Harlow Alliance Party are holding a public meeting. Come along and find out what is going on.

PARINGDON CLUB SOUTHERN WAY
SATURDAY 9TH FEBRUARY AT 11:00 AM

Public meeting at Parndon Wood Nature reserve

On 26 January members of HAP met with residents living near the Nature reserve, adjacent to the Fennels, which is earmarked for the building of 23 homes in Harlow Council’s Local Plan. It is clear that many residents are unhappy that their Councillors and Harlow Council itself have not consulted them when preparing this plan and they voiced their concerns about the loss of this green space to the Party Leader Nicholas Taylor and Deputy Leader Alan Leverett.


Residents were able to point out a number of issues they would have advised the Council of had they been consulted. What is clear is that despite the recent flood prevention work undertaken nearby, this has not been effective and the land, which is on the flood plain is still saturated.


Residents have since provided HAP with further information and an update on the action taken by HAP will appear on this website in the near future.

HAP is a year old!

The Harlow Alliance Party was launched on 26 January 2018 and within days began work to field three candidates in the local elctions held in May. New members have continued join the Party and at short notice HAP fielded two candidates at the local elections held in November. In all, over 550 residents voted for HAP in these elections and the Party hopes to build on this early success in the coming months.


During 2018 The Harlow Star produced a question and answer section for local politicians and HAP provided over a dozen responses, all but one of which were printed, raising the profile of the Party.


HAP along with over 180 residents objected to plans to build on a play area adjacent to Bushey Croft and held a demonstration at the Civic Offices on the night that the Planning Application was discussed. Councillors from both the Labour and Conservative Parties agreed to the officers recommendation to give Planning Permission.


The Party organised a petition objecting to Harlow Council’s Local Plan, which will see a number of play areas and open spaces being turned into housing developments. This was signed by over 380 residents, but despite this, to date these sites remain on the Plan.


The Party will be making representations to the Governments appointed Inspectors who will determine whether Harlow District Council’s and Epping Forest District Council’s Local Plans are compliant. These hearings are due to commence in February.